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Snake Removal Cost

Snake Removal Cost

National average
$350
(remove and relocate a single non-venomous snake with a follow-up visit to remove snake from trap)
Low: $250

(remove and relocate a single non-venomous snake in a single visit, easy location)

High: $600

(remove and relocate numerous venomous snakes, more than one follow-up visit)

Cost to remove a snake varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from animal/pest control specialists in your city.

The average cost to remove a snake is $350.

In this guide

All about snakes
Signs of an infestation
Cost factors
Health risks
Removal methods
Labor
Prevention
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to remove a snake?

Depending on where you live, it is not uncommon for a snake to find its way inside your home. While many of the snakes that seek refuge inside are non-poisonous, it is still important to promptly remove and relocate the snake, ideally with professional wildlife removal services.

Some factors that influence the cost of removing a snake from a home include the type of snake that you are dealing with, as well as whether the snake is inside or underneath your house. Removing a snake from a house usually averages $300-$400, with the average homeowner paying around $350 to remove an average, non-venomous snake.

Snake removal costs

Snake removal cost
National average cost$350
Average range$300-$400

Minimum cost

$250
Maximum cost$600


All about snakes

In the US, some common snake breeds include garter snakes, copperhead snakes, coral snakes, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, and kingsnakes. Infestation can occur when snakes seek a cool, damp shelter underneath a house and breed there. It is unlikely that snakes would live for long inside your home, but rather may nest in a crawlspace or attic, creating a hibernation den. If left unaddressed, these nests can become home to thousands of snakes over time.

Signs of an infestation

While seeing a single snake in the garden is not necessarily a sign of infestation, there are some signs that should give you reason to check underneath and around your home for snakes. If you have numerous sightings in or out of your home, or hear scrambling sounds behind the walls of the home, you could have a snake issue. Also, note whether there is a funky smell to your tap water or a musty, mildew smell in the cellar or crawl-space, as these are also signs of an infestation. Keep an eye out for snake excrement, which often contains hair and bone fragments.

Cost factors

  • A factor that impacts what you pay to remove the snake is what pest control charges per hour. The average cost of hiring a professional exterminator is $250 - $300​, though snake removal experts usually charge more, an average of $350 for removal.
  • When you need the snake removed may also impact the cost. For instance, if you need crisis assistance on the weekend, you may pay an additional fee of $100-$300 for the service call, depending on where you live.
  • The number of snakes that are being removed may also impact cost. For instance, removing a nest of snakes from your cellar is going to cost more than one lone snake that finds its way into your home.
  • Some removal professionals charge a flat rate for removing a snake, regardless of the type that it is. However, it is more common for wildlife professionals to charge more for removing and relocating a venomous species from the home; the price differential isn’t vast, typically between $50-$100 more than removing non-venomous breeds.
  • If the snake is in a tricky location, it can also take more time and cost more money to remove it. Sometimes snakes hide, and it can be difficult to lure them out. Some removal professionals may charge an additional $25-$100 for each return visit to check the traps and potentially relocate snakes.

Health risks

There are health risks associated with interacting with snakes, including the possibility of being bitten. Do not try to capture the snake on your own; wait for help to arrive. If you are bitten, seek medical attention immediately. Call emergency services on your way to the hospital to relay your symptoms and try to identify what kind of snake bit you. Snakes that are not professionally relocated after removal may also pose harm to your pets or children that spend time outside. Play it safe and hire an expert.

Removal methods

The basic method of snake removal revolves around the use of a wooden trap. Typically, the removal expert will look around and try to find the snake’s hiding spot first and, though it is uncommon, the snake may be wrangled in a single visit. It is more common for the professional to return in a day or two to check the trap after instructing homeowners to seal off access points except for one that has been set with a box-trap. The removal specialist may also implement snake repellents, to not just deter the snake, but also to coax it from one space into another.

Labor

Handling snakes can be dangerous, especially by those that are inexperienced, so removing a snake should be done by a pro. Often times, the snake can be successfully removed in a single visit, though it may require a follow-up visit to check traps and relocate trapped snakes. Some removal professionals may charge an additional $25-$100 for each return visit to check the traps and potentially relocate snakes.

If you live in regions where snakes are less common, the Northeast United States for example, it may cost more for snake removal and it may be more difficult to find snake removal professionals. Typically, wildlife removal experts widely charge by the visit or job, meaning that they charge for the removal rather than an hourly rate after they have assessed the situation. Typically, it costs an average of $350 to remove a single snake from a residence.

Prevention

It is easier to prevent snakes from nesting on your property than it is to remove them once they are settled in and comfortably nested. It essentially comes down to modifying the property so it is less appealing to snakes. Habitat modification includes tactics that prevent snakes from returning, such as sealing off any entry or access points. Here are other measures you can take to prevent having unwanted guests in your house:

  • Periodically sweep your property looking for signs of nests or snakes
  • Get rid of debris and foliage that could serve as a potential habitat for hibernating snakes.
  • Put effort into lawn care and keep things trimmed and shorn to prevent snakes from hiding.
  • Snakes are less prone to nest under a thick layer of wood chip mulch 1, though it may increase insect activity.
  • Prune shrubbery and trees so the ground around them is visible.
  • Plant lemongrass or use cinnamon and clove oils to deter snakes.
  • Adopting pets like chickens or birds may also help rid your property of snakes.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Snake fencing

Snake fencing is a solid way to ensure snakes do not have access to your property. When installing snake fencing, a metal mesh fencing is buried a foot underneath the ground, around the perimeter of the property. The barrier often guides snakes beyond the property toward a more pragmatic location in the area. The cost of snake fencing depends on the linear footage, but typically costs an average of $8 per linear foot, installed.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Permits. You may need a permit , or at the very least permission, to relocate a snake into another area or the wild. You could be contributing to an invasive species or eco-problem by doing this with insufficient insight into snakes. Make sure that you know whose property you are relocating snakes to and that you have been granted permission by them, in writing if possible.
  • DIY. A layman can trap a snake by finding its den and limiting access to one entry point. At this entry, a wooden box trap may be used to trap any snakes that attempt to exit the space. The trap should be checked several times per day and if you trap a non-venomous snake, it will need to be safely relocated to a wooded area. Venomous snakes always require professional intervention from wildlife removal experts.
  • Photo. Since snakes like to hide, it makes sense to snap a photo of the snake when you first spot it. This way, you can show it to the wildlife removal professional so he knows what he is dealing with and if the snake is venomous or not, which saves time and money later.

FAQ

  • Do snake catchers charge?

Yes, snake catchers charge and it costs an average of $350 to remove a single, non-venomous snake from a home.

  • Does the Fire Department remove snakes?

If you have a snake in your yard, it is possible that the local Fire Department will come and remove it. If not, they may be able to direct you to a removal expert in the area- though expect it to cost money. The fire department may also come to remove dead snakes from your property, as this is safer than touching them yourself; a snake can still bite hours after death due to reflexes.

  • How do you get rid of snakes in your yard?

You can get rid of snakes in your yard by making it a less appealing place for them to nest. Clean up the yard, remove debris, cut the grass, and use mothballs or essential oils as a deterrent. You can also adopt poultry, like chickens, which curb snakes, or invest in snake fencing for around $8 per linear foot.

  • What is a good deterrent for snakes?

A combination of cinnamon and clove essential oil is a deterrent for snakes when sprinkled around the perimeter of the foundation or basement. Mothballs may also drive away snakes looking to nest. Keeping your landscape tidy and clear also helps deter snakes from your property.

  • How much does snake removal cost?

It costs an average of $350 to remove a single snake from a home. Snake removal experts and extermination professionals may charge more for multiple snakes, venomous breeds, emergency service, or distance, depending on where you live.

  • Do mothballs keep snakes away from your house?

One home remedy to deter snakes is mothballs, but be careful as mothballs are quite toxic. The chemical components of mothballs are poisonous for both humans and animals, so keep out of reach of kids and pets. Homeowners typically sprinkle mothballs outside the home, around the foundation, and in the yard to deter snakes, as well as in gardens and around (but not touching) the trunks of trees.

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Allentown, PA
+11%
Arlington, VA
+38%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Cary, NC
-5%
Cedar Rapids, IA
+6%
Centereach, NY
+17%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chester, PA
+26%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Clarksville, TN
-13%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Copiague, NY
+31%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Denver, CO
+1%
Des Moines, IA
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Durham, NC
-1%
Everett, WA
-14%
Florence, KY
-4%
Folsom, LA
+3%
Fort Wayne, IN
-7%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Gastonia, NC
-18%
Gwynn Oak, MD
+9%
Henrico, VA
+6%
Homosassa, FL
-36%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Irvington, NJ
+27%
Jersey City, NJ
+23%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Leander, TX
+4%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Lynn, MA
+19%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Newark, DE
+9%
Oceanside, CA
+8%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Pensacola, FL
-19%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
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